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Can Mistargeting Destroy Social Capital and Stimulate Crime? Evidence from a Cash Transfer Program in Indonesia

This study explores how mistargeting of a cash transfer program increased crime rates in Indonesia.

Researchers
Manisha Shah, Lisa Cameron
Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods
Locations
Indonesia (Southeast Asia)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Cash Transfers)
Household Electricity Connections in Kenya

Subsidies of varying amounts were distributed to determine at what price the majority of Kenyans will connect to the national grid, and to explore the social and economic impacts of electrification.

Locations
Kenya (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Financial Services); Climate & Environment (Energy)
Courting Safe Behaviors: Testing Courtyard-based Safe Water and Hygiene Interventions in Urban Bangladesh

Researchers test behavioral strategies to encourage communities in Bangladesh to treat drinking water with a chlorine dispenser and to wash hands with soap.

Researchers
David I. Levine, Stephen Luby, Raymond Guiteras
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, - Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Bangladesh (South Asia)
Development Topics
Health (WASH)
Impact of Mobile Phones on Learning Outcomes in Niger

Researchers investigated the impact of mobile phone use on learning outcomes by students in adult education programs in randomly selected villages in Niger.

Researchers
Travis Lybbert, Jenny C Aker, Christopher Ksoll
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, - Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Niger (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Education & Labor; Technology & Infrastructure (Information & Communications Technology)
Evaluating the African Health Market for Equity (AHME) Initiative in Kenya

Researchers evaluate the impact of a multi-pronged private healthcare initiative on healthcare utilization, quality of care, clinic financial outcomes, and child health outcomes in Kenya.

Researchers
Paul Gertler, Dominic Montagu
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, - Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Kenya (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Health; Public Service
Microenterprise Growth and the Flypaper Effect

This study compares the effects of cash grants to those of in-kind donations on microenterprise profits.

Researchers
Marcel Fafchamps, David McKenzie, Simon Quinn et al.
Methodologies
Experimental Methods
Locations
Ghana (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Financial Services; In-Kind Transfers)
Text Message Loan Repayment Reminders for Micro-Borrowers in the Philippines

Researchers test the use of SMS reminders on microfinance repayment in the Philippines.

Researchers
Melanie Morten, Dean Karlan; Jonathan Zinman
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, - Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Philippines (Southeast Asia)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Financial Services)
Exposure to Violence and Risk Preferences in Afghanistan

This study shows exposure to violence increases risk aversion Afghanistan.

Researchers
Michael Callen, James D. Long, Michael Callen et al.
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, - Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Afghanistan (South Asia)
Development Topics
Public Service (Conflict)
Impact of Household UV Drinking Water Treatment System in Mexico

In Mexico, researchers tested the impact of a novel UV household water treatment system on water quality and diarrhea prevalence.

Researchers
Jack Colford, Joshua S. Gruber, Fermin Reygadas et al.
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, - Randomized Evaluation
Locations
Mexico (Latin America and the Caribbean)
Development Topics
Health (WASH); Technology & Infrastructure (Water & Sanitation)
Social Networks and the Decision to Insure

The diffusion of knowledge through farmers’ social networks increased the uptake of weather insurance products in China.

Researchers
Methodologies
Experimental Methods, - Randomized Evaluation
Locations
China (East Asia and the Pacific)
Development Topics
Agriculture
Impact of Provider Performance Incentives on HIV/AIDS Services

This study tests the impact of performance incentives for health service providers on quality of care and health outcomes of HIV/AIDS patients in Rwanda.

Researchers
Paul Gertler, Jeanine Condo
Methodologies
Non-Experimental Methods
Locations
Rwanda (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Health (Infectious & Communicable Diseases); Global Networks
Incentives and Savings Habits Among Ethiopian Micro-entrepreneurs

This study evaluates the relative impact of financial incentives, interacted with learning about one’s ability to plan, on encouraging savings habits among micro-entrepreneurs in Addis Ababa.

Researchers
Jonathan Robinson, Alebel Bayrau Weldesilassie, Brian Giera
Methodologies
Experimental Methods
Locations
Ethiopia (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Development Topics
Finance & Cash Transfers (Financial Services); Global Networks